Senator Chris Murphy: “Turkey is moving into Libya because America under Trump is weak—Erdogan ignored us in Syria and now he is going to do the same in Libya.”
Besides the coming chaos Trump has caused by ordering the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, his recently reported talk with Turkey’s President Erdogan, about sending troops to Libya, is also causing concern.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, on Thursday made the following statement after Turkish President Erdogan and President Trump spoke on the phone to discuss Turkey’s plan to send troops to Libya.
“Just like everywhere else, Trump has failed badly in Libya. He has done nothing to stem the growing proxy war there, sent conflicting messages about which side of the civil war the U.S. supports, and paid no attention to the growing humanitarian crisis. Turkey is moving into Libya because America under Trump is weak—Erdogan ignored us in Syria and now he is going to do the same in Libya. Nobody fears us anymore. Nobody listens to us. Yes, Libya was a disaster when Trump came into office. He didn’t make this crisis. But somehow he has managed to make it worse,” said Murphy.
In November, Murphy introduced bipartisan legislation that supports a peaceful resolution to the Libya conflict with U.S. Senators Coons, Graham and Rubio. The Libya Stabilization Act would place sanctions on individuals fueling violence in the country, require a report on foreign government involvement, and require a strategy to counter Russian influence. The bill would also marshal U.S. resources, including humanitarian assistance, to support the Libyan people and an eventual unified Libyan government.
Since the NATO-led removal of former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011, Libya has been a chaotic failed state where racist terrorism reigns. The so-called liberators have murdered untold Black Libyans–the city of Tawergha, where many Black and mixed Libyans lived, was officially turned into a “ghost town,” likely by the Misrata Brigade, who are known for this slogan: “brigade for purging slaves [and] black skin.”
African migrant workers, who were welcome into the country, from nearby African countries, when Gaddafi was in power, were also falsely victimized as “mercenaries.“
Moreover, many Africans seeking to immigrate to Europe through Libya have been imprisoned. In recent years, there have been reports of open active slave markets in Libya.